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Lord David BLENCATHRA (United Kingdom, EC/DA)

Mandates

In the political groups

  • Member: European Conservatives Group and Democratic Alliance since 05/10/2019
  • Member: European Conservatives Group from 27/11/2015 to 04/10/2019

In the Assembly

  • since 27/11/2015 Substitute - United Kingdom

In the committee(s) and sub-committee(s)

  • Full Member EC/DA: Committee on the Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights (from 29/04/2022 to 26/01/2023)
  • Alternate EC/DA: Committee on the Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights (from 05/10/2019 to 29/04/2022)
  • Alternate EC: Committee on the Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights (from 24/01/2019 to 04/10/2019)
  • Second Vice-Chairperson: Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy (from 21/01/2019 to 26/01/2020)
  • Alternate EC: Committee on the Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights (from 23/01/2017 to 20/01/2019)
  • Full Member: Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy (since 27/11/2015)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on External Relations (since 23/01/2023)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on External Relations (from 27/01/2016 to 13/12/2017)

Interventions

Last speeches

25/01/2024 | 10:33:01 Thank you, Mister Chairman. I congratulate the authors of these reports for the work they've done in drawing this terrible situation to our attention. It's difficult to understand the depth of suffering these children are enduring, and also the relatives of children who have been taken by the Russian regime. Let's just quickly look at the statistics to get an appreciation of the horror. Some 20 000 children forcibly deported to Russia and forced to become Russian. The Russian Children's... 23/01/2024 | 16:53:40 Madam President, I congratulate the rapporteur Mr Piero FASSINO on a very well balanced and excellent report. It is so right to denounce the absolute horror of the massacre of the 1 200 civilian innocents. It was the most evil and bloodthirsty crime in living memory, and no one with a shred of decency can justify t. The report rightly calls the killings barbaric and the worst genocide of Jews since the second world war. The Israeli response has been proportionate in the face of rape and... 09/10/2023 | 17:46:53 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) Whilst she report says that the elections were well run I am still worried that it is too easy to distort results when the electorate is so small. The official electorate is 542,000 but there is another 100,000 in the “diaspora” who may largely be Serbian with dubious “dual citizenship.” There are big flaws in Montenegrin election law but it is more incompetence rather than deliberate rigging of the whole system as I saw in Turkey. Apart from... 09/10/2023 | 16:32:41 The immediate trigger for the recent escalation, is that the Kosovo government, led by Prime Minister Albin Kurti, took advantage of a crisis in neighbouring Serbia to try to cement control in the north leading to some serious clashes. These clashes are the latest flare-up in a long-running dispute that was a major driver of conflict in the Balkans in the 1990s. Fighting ended at the close of that decade, with NATO intervention and the separation of Kosovo (with its ethnic Albanian majority... 26/01/2023 | 12:58:11 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) We need a new Nuremberg Tribunal. History is repeating itself in the evils perpetrated by Russia in the Ukraine just as Russia and others were the victims of evil perpetrated by the National Socialists of Germany 75 years ago. So let us repeat that history in the way we try the new perpetrators of evil. The Nuremberg trials did not come about by international consensus. No. Just four countries unilaterally declared that we would hold an...

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